The Late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes & Her TLC Mates to be Focus of A&E Network’s “Biography” Documentary

LisaLeft Eye Lopes is getting the biography treatment…

The late part-Mexican American singer, music producer and dancer and her fellow TLC members will be the focus of a two-hour Biography documentary special for A&E Network in 2021. TLC is one of the top-selling girl groups of all time.

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The network greenlit the feature film that tells the story of the group’s meteoric rise to fame in T-Boz and Chilli‘s own words. Oscar– and Emmy-winning director Roger Ross Williams and his One Story Up production company, with Emmy-winning producer Geoff Martz, will executive produce, with Matt Kay as director.

“As someone who has long been in awe of TLC and their musical and cultural impact, I am thrilled to be a part of bringing the story of their music, their journey, and their continuing reverence to the screen,” Williams said in a press statement. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with A&E, as well as filmmaker Matthew Kay, to bring this film to life. We hope this film illuminates a side of this incredible group and Tionne T-Boz WatkinsLopes, and Rozonda Chilli Thomas that longtime fans and viewers alike have not seen before.”

The ’90s R&B trio has four No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, four multi-platinum albums and four Grammy awards to their name. Their sophomore album CrazySexyCool made them the first girl group to earn a diamond-certified album by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

“The Biography banner has always focused on telling the stories of remarkable people who have had a major impact on our collective culture,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, evp and head of programming at A&E Network, in a statement. “As a revolutionary group that broke boundaries and influenced an entire generation, TLC falls directly into that category and we are honored to tell their incredible story as it has never been told before.”

On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in a car crash while organizing charity work in Honduras. She swerved off the road to avoid hitting another vehicle, and was thrown from her car. She was working on a documentary at the time of her death, which was released as The Last Days of Left Eye and aired on VH1 in May 2007.

Mariah Carey Nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Mariah Carey has the write stuff, and could soon have the prize to prove it…

The 48-year-old half-Venezuelan American songstress is one of the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees.

Mariah Carey

Carey, a five-time Grammy winner, has penned or co-written some of her biggest hits, including her insta-classic holiday song “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Fantasy,” “We Belong Together,” “Emotions,” and “Make It Happen.”

In all, Carey wrote or co-penned 17 of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers:

Songs, Weeks at No. 1
“Vision of Love,” Four Weeks
“Love Takes Time,” Three Weeks
“Someday,” Two Weeks
“I Don’t Wanna Cry,” Two Weeks
“Emotions,” Three Weeks
“Dreamlover,” Eight Weeks
“Hero,” Four Weeks
“Fantasy,” Eight Weeks
“One Sweet Day,” Sixteen Weeks
“Always Be My Baby,” Two Weeks
“Honey,” Three Weeks
“My All,” One Week
“Heartbreaker,” Two Weeks
“Thank God I Found You,” One Week
“We Belong Together,” Fourteen Weeks
“Don’t Forget About Us,” Two Weeks
“Touch My Body,” Two Weeks

Joining Mariah Carey as performing nominees are Missy Elliott, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James and The Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart).

Non-performing nominees are Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols and Dallas Austin, who wrote hits for TLC, Madonna, Monica, Pink and Boyz II Men.

Nominated non-performing songwriting duos include P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, Russell Brown and the late Irwin Levine, musical theater writers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Bobby Hart and the late Tommy Boyce.

Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Hall’s 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 13, 2019. Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and three performing songwriters until December 17.

Cardi B’s “Girls Like You” Collab with Maroon 5 Notches 3rd Week at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Cardi B is still a Girl(s)on top…

Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You,” featuring the 25-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation, logs its third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated October 13.

Cardi B

“Girls Like You” tops the Radio Songs chart for an 11th week, with 125.9 million in audience, down 2 percent, in the week ending October 7, according to Nielsen Music.

The track ties The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, in 2016, as the longest-leading Radio Songs No. 1 by a duo or group this century; it boasts the longest reign by a duo or group since TLC‘s “No Scrubs” led for 13 weeks in 1999.

“Girls Like You” has logged the longest run atop the chart by any act since Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You,” which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 in 2017 (and which interpolates “Scrubs“). (Goo Goo Dolls‘ “Iris” holds the longevity record atop Radio Songs among all acts, with 18 weeks at No. 1 in 1998.)

TLC to Debut Ochoa’s Series “Tyler Perry’s Too Close To Home” in August

Christian Ochoa is coming Home this August…

TLC has set August 22 for the premiere of its first scripted series, Tyler Perry’s Too Close To Home, featuring the Cuban-American actor in a recurring role.

Christian Ochoa

Too Close to Home tells the story of a young woman from a modest upbringing who discovers she may have a bright future in Washington D.C.’s fast-paced political scene. When Anna (Danielle Savre) leaves her trailer park home in Alabama in a cloud of dust, she cuts all ties with her family and buries every element of her checkered past. Her friends in Washington think she comes from a wealthy family and know nothing of her real upbringing. Suddenly, the real Anna is exposed when she causes a major political scandal and makes national headlines for her part in an affair with one of the nation’s most powerful players. With nowhere to turn, she’s forced to find sanctuary in the only place she has left – home.

In addition to Ochoa and Savre, the cast includes Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne Smith, Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, Curran Walters, Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo and Justin Gabriel.

Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join the cast as guest stars.

The eight-part drama will kick off with a two-hour premiere at 9:00 pm ET on Monday, August 22.

Ochoa’s other credits include appearances on Burn Notice and Scorpion.

Ochoa Lands Recurring Role on TLC’s Tyler Perry Drama “Too Close to Home”

Christian Ochoa is coming home…

The Cuban-American actor has landed a recurring role on TLC’s first scripted drama series, Too Close to Home, written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry.

Christian Ochoa

The eight-part drama follows Anna (Danielle Savre), a young woman who escaped her working-class upbringing in Alabama to start fresh in Washington, D.C. After making national headlines in a major political scandal involving one of the nation’s most powerful players, she is forced to return to her roots and face a past she thought she’d left behind. Seeking help and forgiveness from the same people she abandoned for a “better” life, Anna finds herself right back where she worked so hard to escape.

Production began this week at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the premiere is slated for later this summer.

Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join as guest stars. Cast in other leading roles are Brock O’Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne Smith. Series regulars include Alpha Trivette, Trisha Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash and Curran Walters.

In addition to Ochoa, others set for recurring roles include Ashley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo and Justin Gabriel.

“We are thrilled with this dynamic cast for our first-ever scripted project on TLC,” said Nancy Daniels, the cable net’s president and GM. “Tyler Perry has proven time and time again that his characters are at the crux of great storytelling. Too Close to Home is yet another example of that, and we know our viewers will be enthralled with how this story unfolds.”

Aguilera to Perform “Say Something” at the American Music Awards

She may mentor aspiring singers on The Voice… But Christina Aguilera will soon be rockin’ the stage.

The 32-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer and coach on NBC’s hit reality singing competition has been added to the growing list of performers at this year’s American Music Awards.

Christina Aguilera

Aguilera will perform the power ballad “Say Something” with New York duo A Great Big World.

Aguilera and A Great Big World, as well as new addition Ariana Grande,  will join previously announced performers Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, TLC (with a special guest), Katy Perry and Pitbull, who will also serve as the award show’s host.

The AMAs will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, November 24, from 8:00 – 11:00 pm ET on ABC.

Winners are determined by fan votes at AMAvote.com. Fans also can vote on Twitter for the first time this year.

The American Music Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions.

Images of Mario Lopez’s Wedding Surface Online…

If you can’t wait to see the images of Mario Lopez’swedding to longtime girlfriend Courtney Mazza, you’re in luck…

Celebuzz has posted some images of the 38-year-old Mexican American actor and The X Factor hosts ceremony days ahead of TLC’s two-hour special Mario & Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta.

Mario Lopez's Wedding

The Extra host wore a tuxedo, while Mazza donned a white gown by Ines di Santo.

The couple of four years tied the knot on Saturday, December 1 at the vacation home of friend Joe Francis in Punta Mita, Mexico with a sunset beach view as the background. Their 2-year-old daughter Gia served as a flower girl, wearing a dress that matched her mother’s.

Mario Lopez's Wedding
The traditional ceremony was officiated by a Catholic priest and witnessed by more than 150 guests, including Will Ferrell and the groom’s best friend Eva Longoria, who served as a bridesmaid .

The couple exchanged vows, which they wrote themselves, under a gazebo. They went traditional by not seeing each other on the night before the wedding.

Mario & Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta will be broadcast on December 8 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

Lopez Marries Longtime Girlfriend Courtney Mazza

Mario Lopez is officially off the market…

The 38-year-old Mexican American actor and The X Factor host and his longtime girlfriend Courtney Mazza tied the knot in Mexico this weekend.

Mario Lopez & Courtney Mazza

The couple, who has been together for four years and share two-year-old daughter Gia together, married at the $30 million seaside Punta Mita estate of Girls Gone Wild founder Joe  Francis, with Eva Longoria among guests.

The couple met in 2008 when the former Saved By  the Bell actor was starring in A Chorus Line on Broadway.

Gia served as flower girl on the occasion and wore a dress similar to her mother’s wedding gown, according to Us Weekly.

A mariachi band played during the festivities,  which will air in a two-hour television special called Mario & Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta on TLC later this month.

Lopez’s Wedding to be Televised on TLC

It looks like the guest list at Mario Lopez’s wedding will be a long one…

The 38-year-old Mexican American actor and television host, who was just named one of the new co-hosts on Fox’s The X Factor, has closed a deal with TLC to televise his nuptials with Courtney Mazza.

Mario Lopez & Courtney Mazza

The two-hour wedding special, which will be broadcast on the Discovery-owned cable channel on December 8, will feature the planning process as well as the fete with family and friends.

“Courtney and I already feel incredibly blessed to have found each other, and thank God for our beautiful daughter Gia,” says the Extra host. “Our family is looking forward to celebrating our wedding later this year, and know that TLC is the perfect partner to help us share our love and our special day with the rest of the world.”

In recent years, TLC has become a destination for wedding-related fare. Earlier this summer, Nick [Lachey] & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding special joined a TLC schedule that includes Say Yes to the Dress, I Found The Gown and Four Weddings.

News of an air date comes less than 24 hours after Fox confirmed Lopez would be joining Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor. He and Khloe Kardashian will co-host the show when it returns to its live format in November.